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Decatur economic leaders held a press conference this morning to discuss details of a new foundry Mueller plans to build in Decatur

The company said earlier this morning that the new foundry planned for 2700 N. Jasper St. would be one of the largest state-of-the-art, finished goods brass foundries in the world. The company’s operations in Decatur make products and parts for valves and hydrants.

Here's what we learned:  

  • Construction on the new foundry is expected to begin in the next few months.
  • Up to 250 employees will work at the new facility. They won’t be new hires, but will be part of the roughly 600-person workforce the company has already in Decatur.
  • Plans are still being finalized, with the project in the "design phase," and a dollar amount for construction isn’t yet available. Ryan McCrady, president of the Economic Development Corporation of Decatur and Macon County, characterized the amount as a significant investment with a rippling economic impact.
  • There will be an “incentive package” put together for the company, but full details are not yet available because plans are being finalized.
  • City and state leaders were involved in negotiations, which have been going on for years. Ameren Illinois also helped make the project happen, McCrady said. 
  • Decatur competed with other communities for the facility, although those cities were not named by community leaders.
  • Gov. J.B. Pritzker plans to reach out to Mueller leaders to thank them for the investment in Illinois and Decatur. Mayor Julie Moore Wolfe said: "He has been very involved in his short 7 ½ months in office." Moore Wolfe and McCrady said Pritzker and his administration have been helpful in securing the project. 

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